India’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in June-July was on Thursday called off for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic with both the Boards saying that the situation is not feasible for the games to go ahead. India were scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20s starting June end and continuing till July in Sri Lanka. The dates for the matches had not yet been finalised. Also Read - TV Actor Bharatwaj Rangavahjjula Tests Positive For COVID-19, Posts an Instagram Video
“It is not possible to go ahead with the tour in June-July and we have conveyed it to the Sri Lankan board (SLC). However, we remain committed to the series (at a later date),” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told PTI. Also Read - Nationwide Lockdown on Cards? After States, is Centre Planning to Impose Total Shutdown? Read Complete Truth
The cancellation was expected as Indian players are yet to resume training with cases continuing to rise rapidly in the country, which has recorded more than 8,000 COVID-19 deaths and close to three lakh cases. Also Read - Karnataka Tourism Minister CT Ravi Tests COVID-19 Positive After Three Swab Rounds
The players will need four to six weeks to regain match fitness after training resumes.
However, both the boards remain committed to the series and having it in August is a possibility. “The team is out of practice and we are not sure when international travel restrictions will be lifted, so it wasn’t possible in June-July,” Dhumal added.
A media release from Sri Lanka also confirmed the development. “The BCCI informed Sri Lanka Cricket that due to the prevailing circumstances revolving around COVID-19 pandemic, the cricket series, which included three ODIs and three T20I matches will not be feasible,” the SLC stated.
The statement also added that BCCI “remains committed to the FTP and towards its fellow members, it will have to seek the advice from Government of India and the health regulatory authorities before taking any decision for the resumption of Cricket”
The next series on Sri Lanka’s schedule was a home Test series against Bangladesh, originally due to be played in July. International cricket, which has been suspended since March, is returning withEngland hosting West Indies in a behind-closed-doors Test series.